Top tips to simplify your transition abroad
July 4, 2016
Moving can be stressful sometimes, especially if you include children to the moving. It’s easy to understand why family is regarded, by many, as one of the biggest obstacles to relocation To help ease the impact of a relocation, here are some useful tips for your upcoming move:
1. Keeping in contact with family and friends
Although the main part of moving experience is adjusting to a new culture, it’s good to keep in touch with your family and friends. Check if you have cheap flights that will allow you to travel home more than once a year. Ask your company for extra support, such as a larger number of home leave trips. Some employers, with more mature relocation programs, are also giving support to employees with extended family responsibilities (such as eldercare responsibilities). And also to split families.
Don’t forget you can be in daily contact with your loved one via send emails, Skype calls and Social Media, among other tools.
2. A relocation with teenagers
Relocating with a teenager can be especially hard. They’ll have a large number of reasons on why the family should not move overseas. Nevertheless of your reason for relocating, it’s vital to keep your teens involved in every step of the move. A good idea could be giving them responsibilities for specific parts of the move. For example, they could be in charge of the first researches for the best areas in which to buy or rent, school options, places to visit, etc
3. Partner/Spouse support programs
Understanding the challenges that your partner or spouse will have to face, can be an important part of the decision-making process. Support programs guide and advise partners on career options, establishing new support systems and exploring the possibility of voluntary work or training.
4. Choosing an international school
The first day of school in a new country is full of anxious moments and nervous feelings about the unknown environment.
The process of finding a school in a new country can be frustrating, especially if there are restricted options and long waiting lists. Consider asking these four questions while you’re searching:
• Dimension: Are you looking for a small or large school?
• Activities: Is it important that the schools offer sports, music or arts?
• Curriculum: Is the type of curriculum important?
• Repatriation: How will the school experience abroad affect your child’s transition when it is time to go back home?
5. Don’t forget your pets
Relocating can be also stressful for your pets. It’s important that you plan in advance to ensure your pet stays safe and settles quickly into new surroundings. And also be informed about the mandatory immunization and quarantine requirements in your new country.
Request your veterinarian what you can do to help your pet during the move and after it to adjust to your new home.